Signal enjoyed an unexpected upswing among users following WhatsApp’s recent privacy breach. In an attempt to take advantage of the growing popularity, Signal has started testing features that make the messaging platform feel a little friendlier.
Earlier this month, Signal announced a handful of new features that would come to the platform, including chat wallpapers and animated stickers. As promised, these two features are now available in the beta version of the app, making it feel more like WhatsApp than ever before.
Android Police got hold of both the new features, and shared screenshots of what chat wallpapers look like. You can change the chat background in Signal by going to Settings> Appearance> Chat background. You can also change the background image of an individual chat by tapping the person̵
There are a total of 21 chat wallpapers to choose from, including 12 solid colors and 9 gradient colors. Android Police said you can also select an image from the phone’s camera roll for extra personalization. Previously, Signal had only white and black backgrounds, depending on whether dark mode was enabled on the device.
Android Police also provides a quick preview of Signal’s new animated stickers – something the platform has doubled in the past. It’s a new Day by Day sticker pack containing 24 animated stickers that help bring your conversation to life. The art is by Miguel Angel Camprubí.
Finally, Signal seems to be adding a simple About section for users’ profiles. Users will have the opportunity to choose an emoji and also add a brief description of themselves. It’s an easy way to share some of your personality before you even have a conversation. Apparently, Signal Users can store multiple blurs and switch between them on the go, which mainly makes them status updates.
If you use iOS, Signal said it also plans to add settings for automatic download of media and profile pictures in full screen, the latter of which is already available on Android.
These new add-ons to Signal appear to be in the beta version of the app for now. Hopefully the testing goes well so that they can be added to the stable building. When it rolls out, we will let you know.